The Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures offers a full range of courses in both German and Russian, from beginning language to advanced literature and culture, covering everything from traditional literary masterpieces to contemporary studies of society, culture, and history.

You can complete a major, supplementary major, or minor, and many of our students double-major in either German or Russian and another subject such as Political Science, Theology, History, Film Studies, English, or Anthropology. Whichever option you choose, we promise you a rich, rewarding, and personalized educational experience.

Our classes are small, and this setting will allow you to bond with your classmates and to develop a close relationship with faculty that is often hard to come by at a large university.

Study abroad is an integral part of our program, and all of our students are encouraged to spend a summer or a semester participating in one of our language programs. Study abroad can be a life-changing experience, as students return to campus energized by having seen with their own eyes the Imperial splendor of St. Petersburg, the spectacular golden domes of the Moscow Kremlin, the snow-capped Alps of Innsbruck, or the Reichstag of Berlin. Even more important are the friendships they form on the other side of the world, many of which continue long after the study abroad program has ended.


You’ll find that many doors will open if you speak German, the principal language of business, diplomacy, and tourism in Central Europe, or Russian, the language of one of the most influential players on the world stage. Learn more about the first destinations of our recent graduates. 

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The Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures welcomes your support in any number of ways. We value the time, talent, and treasure of our graduates and friends and welcome collaborative efforts to further our work. Make a gift here or connect with the department about other ways to get involved.